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Fire in Abu Dhabi's largest shopping mall

Police said no one was hurt in the incident and that they have opened an investigation to determine the causes of the fire

The four-level Alwahda mall, built nearly 10 years ago, comprises more than 300 shops.
The four-level Alwahda mall, built nearly 10 years ago, comprises more than 300 shops.

Abu Dhabi's largest shopping mall was shut temporarily after a fire erupted at a clothes store inside the mall.

Fire engines and police cars rushed to the Al Wahda Mall on Defence Road, close to the town centre, to deal with the blaze that badly damaged the second-floor shop.

Police said no one was hurt in the incident and that they have opened an investigation to determine the causes of the fire.

Eye-witnesses said the fire broke out around noon - before civil defence units managed to bring it under control in just 15 minutes. 

"We were all told to leave the mall, all the employees and shoppers were evacuated safely," said an Indian worker at Lulu centre in the mall.

Three hours after the incident, no one was allowed into the mall and police cars were still deployed around in the place, reported Emirates 24/7.

All ground and underground car parks which can accommodate more than 1,000 cars, were shut.

 

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